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Residents of the following states may request information from their state agencies, as follows:
Florida: A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, WITHIN THE STATE, 800-435-7352; REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. CHl5338
Maryland: Documents and information filed under the MD charitable organizations laws can be obtained, for the cost of copies and postage from the Office of the Secretary of State, Statehouse, Annapolis, MD 21401, 800-825-4510.
Mississippi: The official registration and financial information of Lupus Research Alliance may be obtained from the Mississippi Secretary of State's office by calling 1-888-236-6167.
New Jersey: Information filed with the Attorney General concerning this charitable solicitation may be obtained from the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey by calling 201-504-6215.
New York: A copy of the latest annual report can be obtained from Lupus Research Alliance the Office of the Attorney General by writing the Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.
North Carolina: Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 888-830-4989.
Pennsylvania: THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF Lupus Research Alliance MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF STATE BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, WITHIN PA, 800-732-0999.
Utah: The The Lupus Research Alliance is not registered in the state of Utah and therefore, does not solicit funds from Utah residents.
Virginia: A financial statement is available from the Division of Consumer Affairs, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23209.
Washington: Lupus Research Alliance is registered with the Secretary of State. Information relating to its financial affairs is available from the Office of the Secretary of State, Charitable Solicitation Division, Olympia, WA 98504, 800-332-4483.
West Virginia: WV residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, WV 23505.
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